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Richard Michael Green

Immigration Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.6   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 22 years
    California - CA 25 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Employment and Family Based Immigration and Naturalizaiton

    26 years, 1,000 cases

Specializing in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law


I represent individuals and employers in obtaining visas for employment and residence in the United States. This work involves seeking temporary work visas for professional employees, employment and family based applications for permanent residence (a/k/a green cards) and intra-company transfers from overseas to the United States.


I engage in complex naturalization/citizenship applications involving overseas residences, military service, or a criminal history, removal/deportation defense, and immigration related litigation in the federal courts.


I consult with criminal defense and family law attorneys and advise on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions or divorce.


Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
2600 Michelson Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92612

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  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Nalini | February 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attention to detail and very knowledgeable
I have worked with Mr Green for almost 15+ years. He is very knowledgeable and knows the intricacies of the immigration system. His advice has alway been spot on and his reputation in the immigration circles is stellar!! He is very genuine and expect to receive very honest answers regarding your case that will help you prepare. I am grateful for all the advice you have given me over the years.
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Posted by Mayur | November 4, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Terrific Immigration lawyer
One of my immigration lawyers referred Richard, so I called him right away. What I really liked was he gave to the point, straight forward, easy to understand answers to my questions revolving about H1B/EAD/GC. I can see that he enjoys helping people and is a very likable personality as he seemed very jovial. I would say if you have immigration-related questions do give him a call, he has answers to your questions. Good luck with immigration!
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Posted by Joseph | May 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration matter
I consulted Mr Green about citizenship inquiries a decade ago after renewing my green card twice. His knowledge on the subject was broad and helpful. Great personality and his services was very affordable. He was honest and straightforward. I'll definitely recommend this terrific lawyer to anyone who need immigration representation or service.
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Posted by Arjun | February 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable. Honest. Recommended.
Mr.Green was recommended by my cousin. I consulted him about my wife's F2 visa. Although I did not hire him (it was too small a case to hire an attorney. He was being honest and advised me not to.), he patiently heard my case and gave me guidance on how to go about it. This proved really crucial in my case. The man knows his stuff. If he could provide such assistance to a stranger who is there for a free consultation, I can totally imagine the sort of assistance he would provide for the clients who hired him.
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Posted by Manoj | August 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Immigration Lawyer
We hired Richard Green to file employment based immigration documents like H1 and H4 Extensions, I485, I140, Labor, EAD, Travel documents, RFEs from 2005 to 2017. I have not enough words to express his excellent services during our tough immigration journey about 12 years. He is very professional and knowledgeable, competent and good listener. I would extremely happy and recommend Richard who is considering law-immigration professional services.
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Posted by M Tandon | May 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Immigration Attorney in Orange County
I consulted with 3 different Avvo 5 star rated Immigration attorneys over the last 3 days. I must say, Rick was by far the best. My case is rather complicated and he took the time to research case law on his own, post to his network and come back to me with the best course of action that would be best/least expensive and most of all safest as dealing with USCIS is always a risk. Richard went far beyond a normal consultation without even being asked. By comparison, I also met with the #1 Avvo rated immigration attorney located in Irvine, and after paying for a consultation fee, all I got was a one hour pitch on why I should spend a lot more money on a retainer for him. I brought all my documents and the #1 Avvo rated attorney didn't even look at them, while Rick studied each page. Needless to say, there was no comparison. If you need a honest, hard working guy who loves what he does, not loves charging your card for fees, go with Richard Green!
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Posted by Franziska | May 24, 2011
Smart, honest, would want to work with him again.
Mr. Green helped with a US citizenship application. He was well versed in the law, and had obviously handled many similar cases in the past. He took the time to explain details of the process and discuss concerns. He was very responsive and answered each question right away. He returned emails and phone calls promptly. His instructions were clear and to the point which made it easy to follow them. I was impressed that he knew how best to respond to an apparent error on the part of the government agent in charge of the case. He did what he promised and accomplished the goal.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2008
Very professional lawyer
He is very professional and knowledgeable, competent and good listener. A friendly environment and staff it's always present. I would recommend Richard who is considering law-immigration professional services.
Posted by Ebrahem | October 27, 2008
A great lawyer.
When you have a case with a lawyer the most important thing for a client is to get hold of the lawyer either on the phone or by email and get my question answered. Rick understands that very good. I didn't have a problem getting hold of him at any time I needed his opinion or recommendation during the case process. He was very honest and very nice to deal with. I'll never hesitate to deal with him again and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Rebecca | October 11, 2008
The best immigration lawyer I know!
Richard Green was able to procure our green cards when other lawyers had failed to do so. I have the utmost faith in his character, legal knowledge, responsiveness and integrity. I have subsequently recommended him to many friends and acquaintances.
Posted by richard wilson | January 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would never recommend him to anyone.
We hired Richard Green to file a BK to save our house. He knew we wanted to save our house and the BK was the way to go according to Mr. Green. So we trusted him to do the right thing in filing the paperwork. When it came time to go to court, we found out he did not file the correct paper. It was the small details that he overlooked. Mr. Green had to plead to the court acknowledging his mistake. Thus, he filed the wrong BK and we lost our home. He did not care enough to pay attention to the details. I would never recommend him to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Richard M. Green, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Anna Maria College
  • 2008 - 2009
  • General Counsel
  • BSST Software Group, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of John C. Nelson
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Trinity Western University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Abou-Haidair v. Gonzales
  • Petition for Review Denied


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Equal Justice Outstanding New Attorney
  • Hon. Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Project
  • 2003


  • Mass. Bar Assn Family Immigration Issues CLE
  • Adjustment of Status for Family Based Immigrants
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Section Meeting Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • USICS' Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act
  • 2013
  • AILA Podcast
  • Parole in Place: Update in Light of 11-15-2013 USCIS Policy Memo
  • 2013
  • Immigration Law Essentials
  • Naturalization Basics
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Richard
Immigration Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Green is one of the finest attorneys I have the privilege of working with. He understands the law and knows how to best represent his clients. He is an excellent lawyer whose clients are well served. It honor to endorse and recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a excellent immigration attorney. He is knowledgeable and an expert in his field. I am happy to have such a well respected lawyer to refer my clients, friends and family to."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard's by far the most knowledgeable immigration attorney I know."
Immigration Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is a great Immigration attorney with a wide variety of knowledge and experience. He has a great professional demeanor and projects expertise in all of his dealings."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Irvine Immigration Lawyer Richard Michael Green
Richard Michael Green
Immigration Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 25 years